Clarification on McDonald's Statement on Birthday Cakes in Its Restaurants


10 JANUARY 2017

1. We refer to McDonald’s Singapore’s statement to the media on Thursday, 5 January 2017 which was made without consulting the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis).

2. Muis has since been in touch with McDonald’s Singapore. Muis appreciates McDonald’s Singapore’s approach in only allowing halal certified birthday cakes in its restaurants.

3. However, Muis would like to clarify that it adopts a flexible approach for the application of its Halal Certification Terms and Conditions (T&Cs) in certain cases of consumption of outside food (for example birthday cakes and baby food).

4. Certificate holders may exercise some discretion in such cases, as long as:

  a) There is no cross-contamination and the item is not brought into the kitchen/food preparation area/storage facilities 

  b) Only disposable cutlery is used 

  c) The food item is consumed and any remnants bagged and disposed of immediately 

5. As long as these conditions are met, Muis is of the view that the principles of halal certification are still preserved, and Muslim consumers may continue to have confidence in the integrity of the Singapore Halal Quality Management System (HalMQ).

6. If Halal certificate holders are in doubt of the Halal Certification T&Cs, they should approach Muis for clarification.